Pedro Sánchez sworn in as new Spanish prime minister

Pedro Sánchez sworn in as new Spanish prime minister

The Spanish Common Social gathering on Sunday warned that it might use all of its political weight to forestall the brand new authorities making concessions to Catalan separatists, accusing Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of agreeing "shady pacts" to safe its ejection from energy.

Sanchez, a Socialist who has said he wants talks on Catalonia but opposes any independence referendum, was sworn in about an hour earlier on Saturday, a day after parliament ousted conservative Mariano Rajoy over a corruption scandal.

In the inauguration ceremony at the royal residence, the 46-year-old politician promised to "faithfully fulfill" his duties "with conscience and honor, with loyalty to the king, and to guard and have guarded the constitution as a fundamental state rule".

Recall, June 1, confidence in the Cabinet of Rajoy expressed by 180 parliamentarians, 169 voted against, one Deputy abstained.

All of his allies in the no-confidence motion have stressed, however, that their vote against Mr Rajoy was not a blank cheque for Mr Sanchez. He also pledged to hold an election soon, while not setting a date.

Carme Forcadell, former speaker of the Catalan parliament, said from prison through husband, Bernat Pegueroles: "I ask you to not forget us, I ask you to continue asking for our freedom".

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The rising center-right Ciudadanos legislator, Toni Canto, predicted that Sanchez's PSOE would give Podemos ministerial posts.

The swearing-in will automatically bring an end to Madrid's direct rule over the wealthy, northeastern region of Catalonia, imposed in October after a failed bid to break away from Spain. Puigdemont is now in exile in Germany.

Torra's call for talks came as his handpicked 13 councilors took oath in the regional presidency in Barcelona - some of them wearing yellow, the color that has come to symbolize the separatist cause.

Spanish authorities have charged him with rebellion and misuse of funds in connection with an unauthorized referendum past year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

Along the way, Rajoy accumulated plenty of powerful enemies, especially in Spain's separatist regions, Catalonia most notably.

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